Inspiration: Where to Find It and What to Do with It

A necessary component of any new venture, inspiration is the exciting jump-off point where those fuzzy ideas start to take shape, and the foundation for many decisions on the way to a finished project.

In social media land, the serendipitous joy of inspiration is referred to as #inspo – a shorthand label for a compressed practice of tagging, saving links and following trendsetters to hit upon the style we’re after. But while filling up a new Pinterest board is a convenient (and fun!) way to get the ball rolling, as homeowners and renovators, it’s important to understand how we can best use these tools to aid the design process.

Well-cultivated inspiration leads to a clear vision, and a better base to work with when approaching your architect or design consultant, and the following tips can help you achieve exactly that.

"Sometimes, seeing your world with fresh eyes is the best source of inspiration."

Make Your Own Life The Focus

Sometimes, seeing your world with fresh eyes is the best source of inspiration. Looking inward and discerning the colour palettes, shapes and spaces that truly resonate with you, rather than jumping headlong into the latest trends, also helps to ensure that your project won’t date. Think beyond Millennial Pink and subway tiles and consider the memorable places you have visited on holiday, or a favourite restaurant, hotel or room in an old house – how can you bring a little of that story into the context of your home?

Up Close and Personal

Hunt through your wardrobe for that one outfit that makes you feel a million bucks while being comfortable at the same time. Ask yourself – what it is about the quality of the cloth, the feel, or the fit that makes it so enjoyable? Now imagine if your new space could tick the same boxes. Whether it’s a breezy linen piece that translates into an interior of organic hues, or a sharply tailored suit that suggests a fascination for clean lines, your personal style can give a clue to the type of aesthetic you’re after.

"virtual moodboards are easily created and organised on Pinterest, and Instagram’s latest update includes the ability to save posts to different categories of your choice."

Build Your Social Skills

Once you’ve reflected on your own tastes, you’re more equipped to filter the endless scroll of beautiful images available to you online or on social media.

As mentioned previously, virtual moodboards are easily created and organised on Pinterest, and Instagram’s latest update includes the ability to save posts to different categories of your choice. Check out relevant keyword hashtags to see what other people have posted under #bathroomdesign, or #interiors, for example. Be sure to connect with your favourite designer brands on their social channels for a direct line to their latest news. Many design houses also have their own blogs which host a more in-depth conversation on style.

Your dream space will likely arise from an array of different sources, as Damien, homeowner and recent Rogerseller client, found out during the design phase of his truly unique Mitchell Street home. “I used a lot of pictures, and things like Instagram to express what I liked and what I didn’t like. It was a combination of all those things.”

"Your dream space will likely arise from an array of different sources."

Talk to Someone About It

Our in-house design and consultation team has helped navigate many a project from concept to completion.

“Once the site’s secured and an architect has been engaged, we can be involved in the project and start to carry that vision through,” says Daniel Robertshaw, design consultant on the Mitchell Street project, and our National Development Collaborator. “It’s an ideal time to jump on board, as those initial sketches, planning and concepts are being formed.”